Lewiston Maineiacs
City: Lewiston, Maine
League: Quebec Major Junior Hockey League
Conference: Telus
Division: Central
Founded: 2003 (2003)–04
Home Arena: Androscoggin Bank Colisée
Colours: Black, blue and orange
Head Coach: Flag of Canada Jean-François Houle
General Manager: Flag of Canada Roger Shannon
Franchise history
1969–73: Trois-Rivières Ducs
1973–92: Trois-Rivières Draveurs
1992–98: Sherbrooke Faucons
2003–2011: Lewiston Maineiacs

The Lewiston Maineiacs were a junior ice hockey team of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League based in Lewiston, Maine. The team played its home games at the Androscoggin Bank Colisée. They were the only QMJHL team in the United States during their whole stay in Lewiston. They won the President's Cup in 2007.


Their franchise was granted for the 1969–70 season. They played in Trois-Rivières, Quebec from 1969 to 1992. They were known as the Ducs from 1969–1973, and as the Draveurs (1973–1992). They moved to Sherbrooke, Quebec in 1992 to become the Faucons (1992–1998) and the Castors (1998–2003). The Castors moved to Lewiston, Maine in 2003.

The Maineiacs clinched the Jean Rougeau Trophy for first overall in the regular season for 2006–07. During the same season, Lewiston increased its annual attendance totals to 94,903 tickets sold. [1] In the playoffs that year, Lewiston went 16-1 to cruise to their first President's Cup.

2007 Memorial CupEdit

After winning the 2007 President's Cup, the Maineiacs won eligibility to play in the 2007 Memorial Cup in Vancouver, British Columbia. Following an opening win over the Medicine Hat Tigers, the Maineiacs suffered the huge loss with the injury of their captain, Marc-André Cliche, and never really found their scoring touch. They crashed out of the tournament in fourth place after losing consecutive games to the Vancouver Giants, Plymouth Whalers, and the Whalers again in the tie-breaker, scoring only three goals in three games in the process.


Sale and RelocationEdit

On January 25, 2009, it was announced that the Maineiacs were negotiating with the city of Boisbriand, Quebec (a suburb of Montreal) in hopes of relocating the franchise for the 2009–10 season. Under the plan, Mark Just would remain majority owner with 51% of the shares, with former NHL defenseman Joel Bouchard owning the rest. On January 31, the team announced that they had filed their intent to relocate, and had submitted papers to do so to the QMJHL.

In a Jan. 31 media release announcing the move of the Maineiacs franchise, owner Mark Just said that community support for the team was a major consideration. During the six seasons since the team moved from Sherbrooke, Quebec to Lewiston, the Maineiacs never managed to break even. However, on February 2, Farrel Miller, owner of the QMJHL's Montreal Junior Hockey Club, issued a statement that his team would fight the Maineiacs move to Boisbriand on territorial grounds.

The Montreal Junior Hockey Club has communicated to the QMJHL that it will retain, without modification, its exclusive geographic territory that it acquired in connection with its 2008 Franchise Agreement with the QMJHL. On January 21st, 2009, the Montreal Junior Hockey Club communicated to the Governors of the QMJHL that (i) it has chosen to retain its exclusive territory without modification and (ii) that it is not seeking any financial compensation in connection with this issue.

After several weeks of negotiations with a number of Canadian cities (most notably Fredericton, New Brunswick), Maineiacs Head Coach Don Macadam announced on March 24, 2009 that the Maineiacs would be remaining in Lewiston.  In June 2010, Lewiston businessman Paul Spellman became the minority owner of the team, and early in August 2010, former Moncton Wildcats General Manager Bill Schurman was named as teh team's Sports Management Consultant.  However relocation rumours continued to follow the team, with Summerside, PEI (where Schurman, a native of that town, had recently been the municipality's Director of Community Services) and St. John's, Newfoundland & Labrador name as potential destinations in January 2011.

Schurman's denials of the team looking into a Summerside relocation proved unconvincing, and the rumours had a negative impact on attendance.  However, Schurman's dream of moving the MAINEiacs to his home city ultimately failed, as a preliminary exploration to gauge support for a move to Summerside found little traction. The team then began to look at other possibilities, but found that few other relocation options existed.

The Lewiston franchise was disbanded by the QMJHL in the summer of 2011. To replace the defunct MAINEiacs club, the Sherbrooke Phoenix  began play for the 2012-13 QMJHL Season. It is the 3rd franchise to call Sherbrooke home in the last 25 years.

League Takeover and DisbandingEdit

On May 31, 2011, the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League held a conference call to prepare an offer to purchase the team from Mark Just for 3.5 million dollars. Under the league's plan, the MAINEiacs would then be disbanded, with players being selected by other clubs in a dispersal draft. Late on May 31, the league issued a press release confirming the sale of the MAINEiacs to the league, and the subsequent disbanding / dispersal draft occurred the following week. While Androscoggin Bank Colisee owners had stated that they are searching for a replacement team from outside of the QMJHL to take the MAINEiacs place.  The Portland Pirates of the American Hockey League moved into the Androscoggin Bank Colisee after a lawsuit and breakdown in the discussions of their lease with the Cumberland County Civic Center in Portland.



QMJHL award winnersEdit



NHL alumniEdit

Eight Maineiacs to have played in the NHL:

NHL drafteesEdit

In addition, the Maineiacs have had several players drafted by National Hockey League teams. They are:

2004 NHL Draft
2005 NHL Draft
2006 NHL Draft
2007 NHL Draft
2008 NHL Draft
2009 NHL Draft
2010 NHL Draft

Yearly resultsEdit

Regular seasonEdit

Legend: OTL = Overtime loss, SL = Shootout loss

Season Games Won Lost Tied OTL SL Points Pct % Goals
2003–0470333151-720.5072332153rd in East
2004–0570323080-720.5142142094th in East
2005–06703623-38830.5812402074th in East
2006–07705014-241060.7142821961st in East
2007–08703726-05810.5792222125th in East
2008–09682243-12470.324190286Last in Central
2009–10682642-00470.3822122984th in Central
2010–11684024-13840.6092652232nd in Telus East


Team recordsEdit

Team records for a single season
Most points1062006–07
Most wins502006–07
Most goals for2822006–07
Least goals for1902008–09
Least goals against1962006–07
Most goals against2982009–10
Individual player records for a single season
Most goalsEtienne Brodeur532010–11
Most assistsMathieu Aubin562005–06
Most pointsMathieu Aubin1032005–06
Most points, rookieDavid Perron832006–07
Most points, defensemanJonathan Paiement and Chad Denny652003–04; 2006–07
Best GAA (goalie)Jonathan Bernier2.582006–07
Goalies = minimum 1500 minutes played

Individual player records—career
Most goalsStefano Giliati and Mathieu Aubin85
Most assistsJonathan Paiement1362004–06
Most pointsStefano Giliati1932006–08
Most penalty minutesDanick Paquette5552006–2009
Most games playedMarc-André Daneau2652005–08

External linksEdit

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